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How is Teeth Whitening Done by a Dentist?

Posted: May 9, 2024 by Nile Breeze

Teeth whitening stands as a popular cosmetic dental procedure, sought after by individuals aiming to brighten their smiles and enhance their overall appearance. While various methods exist, professional bleaching remains the most common approach endorsed by dental experts. This method involves the application of a whitening product containing active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which penetrate the enamel to lighten the tooth color. Supervised by dental professionals, this process ensures both safety and efficacy. Let’s delve into the intricacies of professional teeth whitening to unveil the secrets behind achieving a radiant smile.

 

What Does Tooth Whitening Involve?

Professional bleaching stands as the cornerstone of tooth whitening. Your dental team will assess your suitability for the treatment and oversee the process if you’re deemed fit for it. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Protection for Your Gums: To safeguard your gums, your dental team will begin by applying a rubber shield or a protective gel.
  1. Application of Whitening Product: Using a custom-made tray that fits snugly into your mouth, akin to a mouthguard, the dental team will apply the whitening product onto your teeth.
  1. The Active Ingredient: Typically, the whitening product contains hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the active ingredient. As this ingredient breaks down, oxygen permeates the enamel of your teeth, resulting in a lighter tooth color.

 

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Take?

The entire treatment generally spans over three to four weeks, involving several steps:

  1. Initial Visits: You’ll initially require two to three visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, your dental team will craft a custom mouthguard, taking impressions for this purpose.
  1. At-Home Treatment: Once the treatment commences, you’ll continue it at home. This entails applying the whitening product regularly over the course of two to four weeks. Each session typically lasts between 30 minutes to one hour.

 

Benefits of Teeth Whitening:

  1. Easy & Quick Smile Improvement: Professional teeth whitening offers a fast and straightforward way to enhance the appearance of your smile. 
  2. Improves Personal and Professional Interactions: A brighter smile can leave a lasting impression, boosting your confidence in both personal and professional settings. 
  3. Boosts Confidence: Feeling self-conscious about your smile? Teeth whitening can help boost your confidence and make you feel more comfortable showing off your pearly whites. 
  4. Removes Brown & Yellow Stains: Over time, teeth can become discolored due to various factors such as aging, diet, and lifestyle habits. Professional teeth whitening can effectively remove stubborn stains, leaving your teeth looking healthier and more vibrant. 
  5. Encourages Continuation of Good Oral Hygiene Practices: Investing in professional teeth whitening can motivate you to maintain good oral hygiene habits to preserve your newly brightened smile.

 

Why Choose Dublin Corners Dental?

When you visit Dublin Corners Dental for teeth whitening services, you can trust that you’ll leave here with a brilliant smile that you can be proud to show off. We use professional-strength bleaching methods to take your smile from drab to dazzling in no time at all. Our team monitors the placement of the whitening gel carefully to minimize teeth sensitivity, too, which is one of the biggest complaints people usually have about the teeth whitening procedure. If you’ve found that over-the-counter kits, strips, or pastes just aren’t giving you the look you want, schedule a whitening consultation with us to see what our team can do for you.

Embarking on the journey to whiter teeth requires commitment but yields remarkable results. With the guidance of your dental team, you can achieve the radiant smile you’ve always desired.

Ready to take the first step towards a brighter smile? Contact our dental experts today to begin your teeth whitening journey.


Important Oral Health Considerations for Women

Posted: October 12, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

Flossing to help with Woman's oral health

 

Previously we have talked about the importance of good oral and dental hygiene and the effects that it can have on your overall health, regardless of gender. But did you know that women in particular have unique oral health needs and often need more dental attention than men? So, what makes women different?

 

Hormones

Throughout a woman’s life, the rise and fall of hormone levels can affect the delicate balance of overall health and in turn can lead to gum disease and other oral and dental problems. The key is knowing what to do at each stage. 

 

Puberty

For young women experiencing puberty, the high hormone levels can result in sensitive gums. Plaque, bacteria and food particles can cause irritation resulting in redness and swelling. To help reduce this, through regular brushing and flossing after meals can help reduce the cause of irritation. As puberty progresses, gum sensitivity should reduce, but if you have concerns seek the advice of your dentist.

 

Menstruation

The hormone levels and fluctuations with menstruation cycles can cause increased salivary proteins to be produced which can leave you with an increase in bad breath, particularly before menstruation. 

You may also experience swelling, redness and bleeding of the gums during ovulation due to the higher levels of the hormone progesterone. To combat this, brush and floss thoroughly after meals, using a tongue scraper and mouthwash throughout the day.

 

Birth Control

All types of birth control can raise the levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone in the body, again resulting in sore and irritated gums. 

Some types of hormonal birth control can also affect the way in which your mouth heals.  It is important that you consult your dentist and let them know which medications you take before the procedure. 

 

Pregnancy

Dental and oral health during pregnancy is important, not only to the mother, but also the unborn child. Many women are affected by morning sickness and acid reflux which can lead to increased levels of bacteria and acids in the mouth, which in turn can break down the protective barriers of the teeth which prevent tooth decay.

Hormones in pregnancy often surge and can lead to an increase in cavities, loose teeth and gum disease. There is research that suggests that severe gum disease can also lead to preterm birth and low birthweight so it is important that if you have gum disease, you regularly consult with your dentist from the beginning of your pregnancy and throughout each trimester.

 

Menopause and Aging 

During menopause, women are more likely to experience dry mouth. This lack of saliva can make you susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. Saliva works to wash away food and bacteria from the inside of the mouth as well as neutralizing acids, fighting germs and preventing bad breath. Regular brushing and flossing as well as using a mouthwash is recommended

Maintaining good oral health as you age is imperative. Poor oral health can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. 

 

Regular Dental Check Ups

Hormones are a part of every woman’s life and will rise and fall regularly, affecting the balance of many areas within the body. You can take control of the effect that they have on your dental and oral health with good habits like brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, regular dental visits and following a healthy diet containing plenty of vitamins C, B12, D and calcium.If you are noticing changes to your dental and oral health during your hormonal cycles, contact your dentist for advice.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Call today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene on (925) 875-9292 or Contact Us here.


Important Oral Health Considerations for Men

Posted: September 12, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

According to research, men are less likely than women to take care of their physical health… oral health included. Below are 6 risk factors associated with men and their oral health.

 

Increased Risk Factors for Men

 

1. Skipping checkups

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are less likely to visitthe dentist – 61% of men compared to 67% of women. Research shows that men aremore likely to neglect their oral health and only attend their dentist when there is aproblem, whether visible or when they begin to experience discomfort. Checkups at least twice a year allow your dentist to potentially detect over 120conditions that have symptoms that affect the mouth, including oral cancer and diabetes – earlier detection, treatment and prevention measures will save you time, money anddiscomfort in the future.

 

2. Irregular Brushing & Flossing

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, men are 40% less likely than women tobrush their teeth after every meal. Research also suggests that men are also more likelyto develop cavities due to less frequent or thorough brushing and lack of flossing.Brushing at least twice a day, morning and night, as well as flossing once a day cansignificantly reduce your risks of developing bacterial problems in your mouth that leadto cavities and gum disease.

 

3. Developing Gum Disease

Skipping your dental appointments and neglecting your oral health can lead to thedevelopment of gum disease which in turn can lead to life-altering conditions if leftuntreated. According to research men with gum disease are more likely to develop oral,throat, kidney, pancreatic or blood cancers. Gum disease is also linked to increasedblood pressure and a greater risk of developing heart disease and stroke.Early detection and prevention is the recommended course of action for gum disease byattending your check ups twice a year and maintaining a good oral health care routine.

 

4. Injury to the Mouth

A risk factor that is often overlooked and can become expensive to repair and treat, are injuries to the mouth and teeth from playing contact sports – football, hockey, basketball and baseball for instance. The same applies to riding a bicycle or motorbike. Wearing properly fitted mouth guards and helmets can lessen this risk.

 

5. Using Tobacco

Men are already more likely to develop gum disease and oral cancer compared to women – carcinogens present when smoking or chewing tobacco can greatly increase this risk. Cancer can occur at any age, but typically 95% of oral cancers occur after the age of 40. If this risk factor applies to you, visit your dentist regularly for checkups, cleaning and to screen for oral cancer – early detection is crucial.

 

6. Medications

A risk factor that may not be so easy to avoid is the consumption of some prescribed
medications. Dry mouth can be a side effect of taking medications such as antidepressants or heart and blood pressure medication. Dry mouth can increase therisk of developing cavities as it reduces the saliva production which washes away food particles, fights cavity causing bacteria and neutralizes the acids that are formed by plaque.

 

Book a Checkup

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Our goal is to provide the best care possible and make it a point to get to know each of our patients. Just let us know how we can accommodate you and we will do our best to ensure that you have a wonderful experience and attend regularly as a result.

 

Call today to arrange your appointment on (925) 875-9292 or Contact Us here.


How Often Should you Visit Your Dentist?

Posted: July 14, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

How often should you visit your dentist?

Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Attending your dental appointments can help to prevent the onset AND further progression of tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease. So how often should you visit your dentist?

 

Every patient is different in their needs, but the general rule of thumb is that you see your dentist every 6 months – however, if you have any pre-existing oral health problems your dentist may recommend that you attend every 3 to 4 months.

 

Prevention is the hallmark of modern dentistry

Regular check ups at the dentist determine whether your teeth and gums are healthy and can also prevent problems before they progress.

 

Dental cleanings are part of that prevention too. They remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Check ups can also preempt an emergency visit to the dentist and the pain that comes with it. If you begin to develop any pain or sensitivity, that is your cue to book a check up!

 

Also consider an appointment with your dentist if you have any other health conditions as some conditions and even medications can affect your teeth directly. Your dentist will be able to advise on the regularity of your appointments once they have a better idea of your overall health.

 

Problems that occur in your mouth are more likely to be noticed by your dentist than you and prevention and treatment plans can be put in place! Most people are not aware that nearly a quarter of the population has gone more than 5 years without seeing a dentist! Only 28% of the population have never gone more than 12 months without seeing their dentist.

 

Oral Health Recommendations

As well as visiting your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease, the American Dental Association (ADA) published a series of recommendations to help patients take charge of their oral health care between appointments with their dentist. These include:

 

1. Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
2. Clean between your teeth (floss) daily
3. Eat a healthy diet and limit sugary beverages and snacks
4. Mouth rinses:

 

a. For those with increased risk of gum disease, use a mouth rinse and /or toothpaste with proven antimicrobial activity.
b. For those with increased risk of caries (tooth decay), use a fluoridated mouth rinse.

 

5. Use a powered toothbrush for improved plaque removal

 

Why choose Dublin Corners Dental?

 

Dublin Corners Dental opened in 2006 by Marjan Shaghasi DDS with the goal to provide the best care possible. We make it a point to get to know each of our patients, and to care for them as we would want to be cared for. Putting patients at ease in our care is our top priority – here you are in control. Just let us know how we can accomodate you and we will do everything in our power to ensure you have a wonderful experience and attend regularly as a result.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services to suit your needs. Call Today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene at (925)875-9292 or Contact Us here.


Poor Oral Hygiene and the Effect That it Can Have on the Whole Body

Posted: June 16, 2022 by Dublin Corners Dental

Woman brushing teeth

We all know that oral health and hygiene is essential for maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums – but did you know that neglecting your oral hygiene can have other effects on your overall health and wellbeing as well your mouth?

Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, bad breath, cavities and gum (periodontal) disease, but what effect can it have on the rest of the body?

 

Gateway to the body

Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the body’, the mouth allows our bodies to take in nourishment and sustenance. Unfortunately, it’s also a place where bacteria can enter our bloodstream through the gums, which can cause bacterial infections and increase the risks of other illnesses such as:

 

Cardiovascular Disease and Strokes

People with poor dental hygiene are twice as likely to develop heart disease and arterial narrowing as a result of bacteria and plaque entering the bloodstream through the gums. Bacterial infections in the bloodstream can travel to the heart, which in turn can affect the heart valves. Bacteria also contains a clot-promoting protein that can clog the arteries increasing the risk of a stroke.

 

Respiratory Illnesses

The bacteria from the mouth can travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, aggravating the respiratory system, especially for people with existing respiratory conditions, like asthma for example. Studies published in the Journal of Periodontology have uncovered links between oral hygiene, periodontal disease and an increased risk of pneumonia and acute bronchitis.

 

Dementia, Alzheimer’s & Memory Loss

Infections in the gums release inflammatory substances which in turn increase brain inflammation that can lead to neuronal (brain cell) death.  Poor dental health is also a risk factor for memory loss. A recent analysis led by NIA scientists suggests that bacteria that cause gum disease are also associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, especially vascular dementia.

 

Diabetes

Dental hygiene for people with diabetes is an important factor and often goes hand in hand. A large percentage of US adults with diabetes also have periodontal disease, some advanced enough that it has led to tooth loss. On one hand, this could be because people with diabetes are more susceptible to contracting infections. On the other hand, periodontal disease may also make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels, which in turn puts the patient at risk of further diabetes complications.

 

Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

Our teeth are supported in their positions by the jaw bones. People with osteoporosis (extremely fragile or less dense bones) often suffer further complications due to poor dental hygiene. Periodontal disease itself can hamper or damage the jaw bones – leading to infections and tooth loss, but osteoporosis can also trigger dental conditions like periodontal disease. Like diabetes, osteoporosis is another condition that works hand in hand with dental hygiene.

 

Keeping on top of your oral health and hygiene is essential, not just to your teeth and gums, but also to the rest of your body. We recommend that you:

 

  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day
  • Regularly use a bacteria killing mouthwash
  • Avoid cavity producing foods such as sugary treats
  • Avoid tobacco products
  • Make regular visits to your dentist and hygienist.

 

At Dublin Corners Dental we offer a wide range of dental services and our goals are to provide the best care possible.

Call Today to arrange an appointment to start your journey to better oral health and hygiene on (925)875-9292 or Contact Us here.